Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM
Mr Kerry O'Brien
Critically injured in a traffic accident while still a medical student more than a decade ago, Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM has broken more barriers than most people even face in a lifetime.
Queensland's first quadriplegic medical intern and graduate, Dinesh is now a senior resident doctor at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Griffith's School of Medicine and Dentistry. A Griffith graduate and Queensland's 2021 Australian of the Year, he is also a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.
As co-lead researcher on the University's BioSpine physical rehabilitation project, he has made himself a willing subject in work that seeks to make everyday life better for patients with spinal cord injury, and even see them one day walk again. There is still much to be done, of course-but, for a man as seasoned at tackling big challenges as Dinesh, the future is looking brighter every day.
Griffith University is delighted to welcome Dinesh as our guest for the next instalment of our event series, A Better Future for All, at HOTA, Home of the Arts, on the Gold Coast. Join host Kerry O'Brien as he and Dinesh delve into the good doctor's extraordinary life and work, in what promises to be an evening of insightful, emotional, and candid conversation.